off road driving
7 days ago

This trail is so much fun! We loved some of the views and a lot of fun bouncing and well maintained trail.
Definitely glad we had some clearnace but no real boulders or rocks. There are separate sections you can take a vehicle with big tires up on rocks too if you want.
Overall a great trail!

Very beautiful views, crystalclear lakes, nice nature. The climb takes long (3h with little breaks) for a non-experienced hiker. The descent is very steap and took us 1h, because we were in a hurry due to the sunset.
We only made the first loop, which apparentely is the harder one.
Only critical point: the last 20min along the street. This is not nice and kind of dangerous.
Recommendation: start towards eagle lake - very nice climb, I guess nicer than towards granite lake.

Not sure if I would call this hike easy, but it really isn't moderate or hard.
This isn't a flat hike. It does have some incline in a couple of spots.

Fantastic views. Did it just after the first snow. A bit cool but a wonderful backpacking trip with my daughter.

28 days ago

My Garmin shows we did 21.3 miles on this loop. We also decided to do this loop C'Clock wise and started from the Parking lot of Big Meadows Trail head.
Our Goal was to make Showers Lake for day 1. That's fine but it was 12.4 miles mostly up hill.( 2425' elev. gain in 9.6 miles) Add an extra hour to your plans if you do this with heavy night packs.
From Big Meadow parking lot we walked down Upper Truckee Rd and caught the Hawley Grade Trail. The trail was up hill but not bad at all! We hit hwy 50 and a short trek to the Adventure Mountain parking area got us back on trail. Note, the trail starts just before the gate.
Day 1 was hard but finished up with very easy 8 remaining miles on day 2. Mostly flat and down hill after Showers lake.
Awesome views all the way.

Mid August, wildflowers were in full bloom and extremely prolific .

We did a six mile hike on this trail up in the mountains. It was awesome! We loved it. It took us down to the south side of Lake Tahoe. We plan on going back in a few years. We were on vacating in Tahoe. This was our first time visiting there.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

This is a beautiful hike, but it's rated hard for a reason! Some of the trail markers are different than the names on the trail map so it's easy to lose your way. There are multiple lakes and a couple small waterfalls, even during the summer, and the changes in terrain are amazing, but the last couple miles of the hike are extremely steep and it's easy to lose the trail. I can imagine coming up from that end of the loop would have been even harder. At the very end there's a sign stating that it is not maintained, would have been nice to know. All in all it took us 2.5 hours longer than we expected, accounting for the times we had to turn back after going down incorrect trails. Be sure you leave prepared and give yourself plenty of time! If you do this you will be greatly rewarded. It was absolutely gorgeous and quite a work out. At the end before descending the steepest part of the trail there's a breathtaking view of both Fallen Leaf Lake and South Lake Tahoe. Happy trails!!